The government shutdown is a bridge way too far, but I hate to admit that the right-wing Republican caucus sometimes has a point. Just take a look at what bureaucrats get up to on their equivalent of New Year’s Eve. It’s as wild and crazy a moment for them as it is for revelers in Times Square. The difference is that the functionaries get to blow taxpayer money.
A manufacturer accused of being tied to the Chinese government has found a way to sell to U.S. agencies in an arrangement that’s raising concerns from security officials and at least one lawmaker about spying.
The U.S. Army in 2010 spent $10.7 million on a Washington conference, about 13 times the amount paid by the General Services Administration for an event near Las Vegas in the same year that’s been criticized by Congress.